AMREF launches Standing Up for African Mothers Campaign to train 15,000 midwives by 2015

19 JULY 2012 - No woman should die giving birth. Yet, on average 200,000 women die each year in sub-Saharan Africa during pregnancy or childbirth. Most of these deaths could easily be prevented with basic medical care. This is why AMREF, together with global patron Graça Machel Mandela, is launching the Stand Up for African Mothers campaign. This campaign aims to significantly reduce the appallingly high maternal mortality rate in Africa by training 15,000 midwives by 2015.

Tune in this coming Thursday, July 19th to the live stream of the US launch event with Dr. Teguest Guerma, AMREF's Nairobi-based Director General.

One skilled midwife is able to provide care for 500 mothers every year - the additional 15,000 AMREF-trained midwives will ultimately help over seven million African women each year. Midwives save lives.

This event is targeted to the African Diaspora in the United States to encourage every African American to contribute towards health development in their communities, countries and on the continent. We are also asking all our friends to partner with us and support this global campaign to reduce maternal deaths in Africa.